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Cohen received $400,00 to arrange Trump meeting with Ukrainian president

Cohen received $400,00 to arrange Trump meeting with Ukrainian president

However, the meeting was in doubt even as Poroshenko was en route to the USA, infuriating Ukranian officials that Cohen took the money, reportedly as high as $600,000, despite not being able to make good on his promise, the BBC reports.

Poroshenko sought an audience with Trump and directed confidantes to orchestrate it, according to the report, using the Chabad house as a channel to reach Cohen and, through him, the president.

There is no suggestion that Trump was aware of the payment to Cohen, the BBC said.

Wood has ordered prosecutors, Cohen and Daniels to submit a joint agenda for the hearing by Friday.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is distancing himself from an associate in the taxi industry who pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

The BBC said the payment to the NY lawyer was at least $400,000 for making the sit-down happen.

The investigation into Cohen arose in part from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, something that Trump has repeatedly denied.

Wednesday's BBC report claimed that Cohen was paid $400,000 to connect Poroshenko's aides with the White House, where the Ukrainian leader succeeded in meeting with Trump in June.

Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations. Sater is said to be cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election.

"That's it", Freidman said in the statement, sent to and read on the show by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

Don't confuse Taxi King Evgeny Freidman with the Shtayners, Cohen's other taxi business partners, whom Cohen and his father-in-law loaned between $20 and $46 million in the past few years.

A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer told the BBC that Cohen was brought in to arrange the Oval Office sit down because Ukraine's registered lobbyists and the embassy in Washington DC could only get Poroshenko a brief photo-op with Trump.

In 2015, Sater emailed Cohen and an unidentified Russian contact about his desire to aid Putin's effort to elevate Trump to the presidency in 2016. Mr Cohen was paid $400,000. It's not clear yet what information Freidman can provide authorities, but the New York Times described him as a "significant business partner" of Trump's beleaguered attorney.

The revelation followed reports of Cohen cutting deals worth at least $2.95 million with various companies, including AT&T, that were seeking information on how to handle an unfamiliar Trump administration a year ago.

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